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It has been simplified and has added Arch to the comparison, as well as modified the order in which each distribution exists for the benefit of Arch users.

Action arch redhat/fedora debian/ubuntu old suse opensuse
Install a package(s) by name pacman -S yum install apt-get install rug install zypper install
Remove a package(s) by name pacman -R yum remove/erase apt-get remove rug remove/erase zypper remove
Search for package(s) by searching the expression in name, description, short description. What exact fields are being searched by default varies in each tool. Mostly options bring tools on par. pacman -Ss yum search apt-cache search rug search zypper search
Upgrade Packages - Install packages which have an older version already installed pacman -U yum update apt-get upgrade rug update zypper update
Upgrade Packages - Another form of the update command, which can perform more complex updates -- like distribution upgrades. When the usual update command will omit package updates, which include changes in dependencies, this command can perform those updates. pacman -Syu yum upgrade apt-get dist-upgrade zypper dup
Reinstall given Package - Will reinstall the given package without dependency hassle. pacman -S apt-get --reinstall \\ install zypper install --force
Installs local package file, e.g. app.rpm and uses the installation sources to resolve dependencies pacman -U yum localinstall dpkg -i n/a
Updates package(s) with local packages and uses the installation sources to resolve dependencies pacman -U yum localupdate n/a
Use some magic to fix broken dependencies in a system pacman dep level - testdb, shared lib level - findbrokenpkgs or lddd apt-get --fix-broken rug* solvedeps n/a
Only downloads the given package(s) without unpacking or installing them pacman -Sw apt-get --download-only n/a
Remove dependencies that are no longer needed, because e.g. the package which needed the dependencies was removed. pacman -Qdt ?(test some more) apt-get autoremove n/a
Downloads the corresponding source package(s) to the given package name(s) srcpac -Sw ? (third-party. Is there something better?) apt-get source zypper source-install
Install/Remove packages to satisfy buid-dependencies. Uses information in the source package. done bye PKGBUILD when building from AUR apt-get build-dep zypper si -d
Add a package lock rule to keep its current state from being changed IgnorePkg = in /etc/pacman.conf yum.conf <--”exclude” option (add/amend) apt (through pinning and priorities -- complex!) rug* lock-add n/a
Delete a package lock rule remove package from IgnorePkg line in /etc/pacman.conf yum.conf <--”exclude” option (remove/amend) apt (through pinning and priorities -- complex!) rug* lock-delete n/a
Show a listing of all lock rules view IgnorePkg line in /etc/pacman.conf yum.conf (research needed) /etc/apt/preferences rug* lock-list n/a
Add a checkpoint to the package system for later rollback rug* checkpoint-add n/a
Remove a checkpoint from the system rug* checkpoint-remove n/a
Provide a list of all system checkpoints rug* checkpoints n/a
Rolls entire packages back to a certain date or checkpoint. rug* rollback n/a
Package information management
Get a dump of the whole system information - Prints, Saves or similar the current state of the package management system. Preferred output is text or XML. One version of rug dumps information as a sqlite database. (Note: Why either-or here? No tool offers the option to choose the output format.) apt-cache stats rug dump n/a
Show all or most information about a package. The tools\' verbosity for the default command vary. But with options, the tools are on par with each other. yum list or info apt-cache showpkg apt-cache show rug info zypper info
Search for package(s) by searching the expression in name, description, short description. What exact fields are being searched by default varies in each tool. Mostly options bring tools on par. yum search apt-cache search rug search zypper search
Lists packages which have an update available. Note: Some provide special commands to limit the output to certain installation sources, others use options. yum list updates yum check-update apt-get upgrade -> n rug list-updates rug summary zypper list-updates zypper patch-check (just for patches)
Display a list of all packages in all installation sources that are handled by the packages management. Some tools provide options or additional commands to limit the output to a specific installation source. apt-cache dumpavail apt-cache dump (Cache only) apt-cache pkgnames rug packages IN PROGRESS
Displays packages which provide the given exp. aka reverse provides. Mainly a shortcut to search a specific field. Other tools might offer this functionality through the search command. pacman -Qo yum whatprovides yum provides apt (dpkg / grep) rug what-provides IN PROGRESS
Display packages which require X to be installed, aka show reverse dependencies. rug\'s what-requires can operate on more than just package names. yum resolvedep apt-cache rdepends rug what-requires IN PROGRESS
Display packages which conflict with given expression (often package). Search can be used as well to mimic this function. rug\'s what-conflicts function operates on more than just package names rug info-conflicts rug what-conflicts IN PROGRESS
List all packages which are required for the given package, aka show dependencies. yum deplist apt-cache depends rug info-requirements IN PROGRESS
List what the current package provides pkgfile? yum provides rug info-provides IN PROGRESS
List the files that the package holds. Again, this functionality can be mimicked by other more complex commands. yum provides rug* file-list IN PROGRESS
Search all packages to find the one which holds the specified file. auto-apt is using this functionality. yum provides yum whatprovides apt-file rug* package-file rug what-provides IN PROGRESS
Display all packages that the specified packages obsoletes. yum list obsoletes apt-cache / grep rug info-obsoletes IN PROGRESS
Verify dependencies of the complete system. Used if installation process was forcefully killed. yum deplist apt-get check ? apt-cache unmet rug verify rug* dangling-requires n/a
Generates a list of installed packages pacman -Q yum list installed apt-cache --installed n/a
List packages that are installed but are not available in any installation source (anymore). yum list extras n/a
List packages that were recently added to one of the installation sources, i.e. which are new to it. Note: Synaptic has this functionality, however apt doesn\'t seem to be the provider. yum list recent n/a
Show a log of actions taken by the software management. rug history n/a
Clean up all local caches. Options might limit what is actually cleaned. Autoclean removes only unneeded, obsolete information. yum clean apt-cache clean apt-cache autoclean n/a
Add a local package to the local package cache mostly for debugging purposes. apt-cache add n/a
Display the source package to the given package name(s) apt-cache showsrc n/a
Generates an output suitable for processing with dotty for the given package(s). apt-cache dotty n/a
Set the priority of the given package to avoid upgrade, force downgrade or to overwrite any default behavior. Can also be used to prefer a package version from a certain installation source. /etc/apt/preferences smart priority –set n/a
Remove a previously set priority /etc/apt/preferences smart priority --remove n/a
Show a list of set priorities. apt-cache policy /etc/apt/preferences smart priority --show n/a
Ignores problems that priorities may trigger. n/a
Installation sources management
Add an installation source to the system. Some tools provide additional commands for certain sources, others allow all types of source URI for the add command. Again others, like apt and yum force editing a sources list. apt-cdrom is a special command, which offers special options design for CDs/DVDs as source. apt-cdrom add rug service-add rug mount /local/dir zypper service-add
Refresh the information about the specified installation source(s) or all installation sources. pacman -y ...Sy ? yum check-update apt-get update rug refresh zypper refresh
Prints a list of all installation sources including important information like URI, alias etc. rug service-list zypper service-list
Other commands
Start a shell Start a shell to enter multiple commands in one session yum shell zypper shell
Package Verification
rpm -V (deb-sums)
rpm -Va (deb-sums)
Package Querying
List installed local packages along with version pacman -Q rpm -Qa
Display package information: Name, version, description, etc. pacman -Qi rpm -Qi
Display files provided by package pacman -Ql rpm -Ql
Query the package which provides FILE pacman -Si $(pkgfile FILE | cut -d/ -f2) ? Nasty hack...this functionality will be built into pkgfile soon (also, check out -o or –owns instead of pkgfile for locally installed files) rpm -Qf
Query a package supplied on the command line rather than an entry in the package management database pacman -Qp rpm -Qp